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  1. Comment on We might need to reevaluate the sexual harassment allegations against David Sabatini in ~life

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    The tone of this piece is a little gross. You don't need five disclaimers before and after implying someone might be the victim of unfair treatment.

    The tone of this piece is a little gross. You don't need five disclaimers before and after implying someone might be the victim of unfair treatment.

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  2. Comment on Making sense of VRChat, the metaverse people actually like in ~tech

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    I can certainly understand that; I never use it in desktop mode. You can still look and chat, but you are limited in how you can interact with the world, and if you're used to doing it in VR...

    I can certainly understand that; I never use it in desktop mode. You can still look and chat, but you are limited in how you can interact with the world, and if you're used to doing it in VR there's a major loss of immersion. Recently I RMAed my controllers and just didn't log in while I waited for the new ones. That said, a lot of people (even those who own VR) are perfectly fine with desktop, so it's a matter of taste. Visually it's certainly easier to render the scene in high quality for the desktop and there is no pixelation or screen door effect as you might experience in a cheap or old headset.

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  3. Comment on Making sense of VRChat, the metaverse people actually like in ~tech

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    I'm an experienced VRChat user and I will be happy to answer any questions anyone has, although keep in mind everyone experiences VRChat differently, and my answers will be colored by my own...

    I'm an experienced VRChat user and I will be happy to answer any questions anyone has, although keep in mind everyone experiences VRChat differently, and my answers will be colored by my own preferred ways of experiencing it.

    A word of warning about the platform's supposed inclusiveness and VRChat Inc.'s supposed lighthanded policing: All that means is that enforcement is incredibly uneven, unjust and clique-based. In the past, after more than 900 hours on the platform and many hours volunteering time to assist new content creators on the official discord, with no priors, no warnings, no conversation whatsoever in which I could defend myself, my account was permanently banned and the one appeal they purportedly give you rejected, with no real explanation. Not even Google has treated me so poorly, and believe that I know exactly how bad Google can be, too. Then I talked with a whole bunch of high profile users even more experienced than I am and realized no one outside a close circle of veteran users really has any respect for the company or trust in their ability to enforce any kind of fair regulation. VRChat Inc. are not good stewards for the community and it exists in spite of them, not thanks to them.

    It's very, very easy to run into bands of unsupervised children who are clearly too young to be on the platform and are there in violation of its terms of use. We treat them a bit like a natural catastrophe, quickly removing ourselves from the vicinity. It's kind of funny, really. It's true that they might be exposed to unsavory individuals, but ideally they shouldn't be there at all.

    You can find all sorts of ideologies on the platform. For example, the creator of the video has mentioned rampant copyright infringement, which is true; coexisting with it, and with no apparent cognitive dissonance, you have a cadre of content creators who are incredibly paranoid and defensive about their own copyright.

    That said, I'm probably making it sound worse than it is. It's also true that there are thousands of worlds to discover and doing so can be incredibly interesting. Discovery features are pretty bad, which can give exploration a kind of charm - it feels rewarding when you find a cool place that has been forgotten for years. You can have hours long conversation with kinds of people you didn't know even existed, from all around the world. There are communities of speakers of many languages. You can spend hours in companionable silence with a stranger, too. Events can be interesting and exciting. There are definitely lots of chill, kind people who want nothing more than to be helpful to strangers, and lots of creative people who are excited about leveraging the platform to make something. Almost anyone can create a game on the platform, and those that exist can feel a little jittery and rough around the edges, but the amount of features that support content creation does tend to (slooooowly) increase.

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  4. Comment on US court orders every ISP in the United States to block illegal streaming sites in ~tech

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    I'm not an expert, but... As I understand it, DNSSEC creates a chain of trust on DNS zones stemming from the DNS root zone. Zones are digitally signed much like your e-mail (sender) might be if...

    I'm not an expert, but... As I understand it, DNSSEC creates a chain of trust on DNS zones stemming from the DNS root zone. Zones are digitally signed much like your e-mail (sender) might be if you use DKIM, and with a similar effect - spoofing prevention. The public key is published in the zone above it using DS records. Your domain name registrar should have somewhere you can add DS records for your domains to the zone above them, for example the net zone in tildes' case.

    Examples:

    Chain of trust for tildes.net (insecure)

    Chain of trust for boingboing.com (complete)

    Chain of trust for dnssec-failed.org (broken)

    Validation is accomplished by the client system (your resolver normally) that looked up the DNS record validating the keys starting from the root and the signature to ensure the data hasn't been tampered with, or in other words, that the result of your lookups are as published by the owner of the zone. As long as the DNS root itself hasn't been compromised (or the authoritative system, I guess), these ISP-level DNS domain hijacks shouldn't be able to return a valid signature. The DNSSEC-aware resolver would thus fail, despite the existence of "a response", and possibly even display an error depending on the circumstances.

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  5. Comment on What have you been watching / reading this week? (Anime/Manga) in ~anime

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    The five shows you listed are exactly the ones I like from this season. I'm not currently watching Tomodachi Game though, only the other four. I was vaguely aware of the existence of Spy x Family...

    The five shows you listed are exactly the ones I like from this season. I'm not currently watching Tomodachi Game though, only the other four.

    I was vaguely aware of the existence of Spy x Family and Tomodachi Game from the mangos, but Paripi Koumei is new to me and has been great. Cool epic rap battle of history episode this week.

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  6. Comment on US court orders every ISP in the United States to block illegal streaming sites in ~tech

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    All DNS operators should sign their zones with DNSSEC. Tildes is not doing this yet!

    All DNS operators should sign their zones with DNSSEC.

    Tildes is not doing this yet!

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  7. Comment on What games have you been playing, and what's your opinion on them? in ~games

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    I'm playing Tunic, alias Fox Souls: A Fox To The Past, and holy shit. So far I think it's game of the year material. Tight design, engaging, challenging, polished, bug-free. And the booklet...

    I'm playing Tunic, alias Fox Souls: A Fox To The Past, and holy shit. So far I think it's game of the year material. Tight design, engaging, challenging, polished, bug-free. And the booklet mechanic is so cool. I'm not much one for Souls-like difficulty, but I like exploring and finding secrets. Having loved LttP as a kid I appreciate the many many nods to that game. The game does also remind me of Death's Door.

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  8. Comment on What games have you been playing, and what's your opinion on them? in ~games

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    I'm back to playing videogames after a hiatus with Deliver Us The Moon, a quasi walking simulator I got from GOG's indie game sale. Reviews on steam are good. A few decades from now, humankind has...

    I'm back to playing videogames after a hiatus with Deliver Us The Moon, a quasi walking simulator I got from GOG's indie game sale. Reviews on steam are good.

    A few decades from now, humankind has exhausted Earth's raw resources and global climate change driven storms are turning swathes of the globe into deserts. In order to provide for our energy needs, a facility is set up on the moon to produce power from (I gather) Helium-3 fusion and deliver it to the surface of the planet using Microwave Power Transmission. Everything goes well until one day the transmissions stop and the moonbase goes silent, leaving us stranded and powerless in a rapidly devolving planet. The game tells the story of a last ditch effort by a small group of scientists to send on a final rocket to the moon the daughter of one of the leaders of the MPT project in order to find out what happened and presumably restart the facility.

    It's a fairly good looking game, especially for a small dutch studio. It can make use of raytracing if you have a RTX card to display real time reflections on windows and metallic surfaces. It can also make my CPU reach 90 degrees Celsius (independent of raytracing) - the first game ever to accomplish that - which is a little scary, even though everyone assures me this is still the upper bound of what's considered safe for a Ryzen 7 5800X.

    Technological considerations aside, the game's sets are good. The rocket is modelled realistically. The space station's interiors are reminiscent of the ISS and realistic astronaut media. The game generally seems to attempt to be scientifically accurate, with changing gravity (including zero G areas where you have to manipulate using your spacesuit's thrusters), limited oxygen sections and limited power. Obviously tasks have been simplified and gamified, but I'm still satisfied enough with this aspect of the game, so far.

    Less satisfying is the overly linear nature of the game. Sure, it's a narrative game at the core, but... It feels like such a wasted opportunity. It's fun to manuever in zero G, it feels great to bust things open with the plasma cutter, and it's cool that you have to go through the rocket launch's checklist to launch, but the game holds your hand at every step. Failure is almost impossible and when it happens it sets you back only a few seconds to a minute. Even though you have cool, realistic, nonlinear environments, artificial barriers of junk and such have been put in place by the developers to ensure you can't go anywhere other than exactly where you have to go next. Why?? There are floor plans on the walls. I'm not a baby. Having to navigate the sets and discover things on my own would make the game a lot more fun. Less simplistic computers likewise (all we get is 'press next to continue' style interactions). And I'm also not crazy about how story is delivered through "audiolog style" collectible moments that become available when you reach certain locations for handwavey reasons (something to do with how the base's companion robot system works, I think). It makes the story feel detached from the action.

    Still, it's a pretty cool project with great potential. The developers seem to be working on a sequel, something to do with Mars. Maybe they'll be able to improve on these points.

    (Note: I have not finished this game yet.)

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  9. Comment on What lesser known intellectual properties you would like to see in movies or TV shows? in ~talk

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    As far as videogames go I think aside from Myst they're all best adapted as distinct stories set in the same universe. Or at least seriously reimagined. (But I wasn't aware of that movie!)

    As far as videogames go I think aside from Myst they're all best adapted as distinct stories set in the same universe. Or at least seriously reimagined.

    (But I wasn't aware of that movie!)

  10. Comment on I just want to take a minute to talk about Jojo Rabbit in ~movies

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    Just experienced that today with my anime group (that I am only informally attached to these days). They seem more biased in favor of more formulaic shows that are more immediately satisfying, and...

    Just experienced that today with my anime group (that I am only informally attached to these days). They seem more biased in favor of more formulaic shows that are more immediately satisfying, and slower episode 1s and 2s have been classified by some as "boring". It annoys me especially when I have previously recommended the show in question.

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  11. Comment on What lesser known intellectual properties you would like to see in movies or TV shows? in ~talk

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    I think with a good, respectful director and sufficient budget you could make a really good Myst TV show. Several Joe Abercrombie books could be movies or a single TV show. The Cytoverse by...

    I think with a good, respectful director and sufficient budget you could make a really good Myst TV show.

    Several Joe Abercrombie books could be movies or a single TV show.

    The Cytoverse by Brandon Sanderson could be movies.

    A massive sci fi Culture show with several seasons in the vein of Star Trek TNG.

    Peter F Hamilton's Commonwealth too. Paula Myo would be the protag.

    Ni no Kuni could be a cartoon show.

    Outer Wilds could be a movie.

    The Books of Babel by Josiah Bancroft would make an excellent show but would depend greatly on good actors, a good wardrobe and decent CGI.

    Writing stuff like this worries me a bit though because there have been IPs I thought would make for great television that have been adapted and the results have been... Less than spectacular...

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  12. Comment on U+237C ⍼ right angle with downwards zigzag arrow in ~comp

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    Interesting that the xkcd and this article were published so close in time. I'll just think of the glypy as Larry Potter from now on. Why not?

    Interesting that the xkcd and this article were published so close in time. I'll just think of the glypy as Larry Potter from now on. Why not?

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  13. Comment on I just want to take a minute to talk about Jojo Rabbit in ~movies

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    I discovered today after looking at a friend's list that several movies I really enjoyed have a metascore in the 50s. I think there are just a lot of people who can't get out of their comfort...

    I discovered today after looking at a friend's list that several movies I really enjoyed have a metascore in the 50s. I think there are just a lot of people who can't get out of their comfort zone. When in doubt, it's best to see by yourself rather than rely on third party criticism.

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  14. Comment on Your own sense of identity in ~talk

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    I'm culturally dislocated. In some ways I'm very portuguese, including ancestry and ethnicity but also certain expectations I have of the world around me, while in others, not at all (such as...

    I'm culturally dislocated. In some ways I'm very portuguese, including ancestry and ethnicity but also certain expectations I have of the world around me, while in others, not at all (such as ideologies, politics, interests). I wouldn't recommend it, but I also have too much to lose if I move and start over elsewhere. It's a difficult issue.

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  15. Comment on Solar geoengineering: Why Bill Gates wants it, but these experts want to stop it in ~enviro

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    Neal Stephenson's Termination Shock is fresher in my mind. It's new enough to mention COVID19. Yup, the speculative fiction writer who predicted VR worlds, 3D printing and cryptocurrency thinks...

    Neal Stephenson's Termination Shock is fresher in my mind. It's new enough to mention COVID19.

    Yup, the speculative fiction writer who predicted VR worlds, 3D printing and cryptocurrency thinks one of these days someone (from Texas) is going to pump the stratosphere full of sulphur!

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  16. Comment on Nimona movie revived at Netflix in ~movies

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    Disney sold IP? I thought that was highly unusual.

    Disney sold IP? I thought that was highly unusual.

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  17. Comment on Beat Saber thread in ~games

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    Most if not all of them. It was originally developed for the first/original PCVR headsets, and in addition to what aphoenix wrote it's quite literally owned by Facebook these days, plus John...

    Most if not all of them. It was originally developed for the first/original PCVR headsets, and in addition to what aphoenix wrote it's quite literally owned by Facebook these days, plus John Carmack is a huge fan so it's guaranteed to work on the Quest.

    These things scale though. I recommend a good PC if you want to play with a high resolution, high framerate, many mods and/or performing hardware-straining tasks like encoding youtube videos of gameplay at the same time...

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  18. Comment on Beat Saber thread in ~games

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    I play almost every week for fun and cardio, though I'm not as good as you (probably will never be). My objective is usually good cut score rather than completion; I hate repetition, so I tend to...

    I play almost every week for fun and cardio, though I'm not as good as you (probably will never be). My objective is usually good cut score rather than completion; I hate repetition, so I tend to keep away from maps that don't have a difficulty level I can complete immediately, and I rarely retry a song (if I fail for non-stupid reasons I move on and get back around to it in a month or so). I don't really do modifiers either. Boring, I know!

    Though I'm not in any way shape or form a streamer, I stream my sessions on twitch so friends or random passers by can show up once in a blue moon to make the experience slightly more social and/or recommend new maps. A good half of the maps in my library have been recommended by people in this manner. I'm very lazy about looking for maps myself. Anyone here is welcome to drop by one of these days, you can mock me for my incompetence and I will mock you back for your poor taste in maps ;)

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  19. Comment on Why Belgium (still) exists in ~humanities

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    Unfortunate that they didn't explain how exactly Belgium annexed most of the Luxemburg. I looked it up on wikipedia and the gist of it appears to be: Belgium claimed all of it, but the dutch king...

    Unfortunate that they didn't explain how exactly Belgium annexed most of the Luxemburg. I looked it up on wikipedia and the gist of it appears to be: Belgium claimed all of it, but the dutch king was grand duke of luxemburg at the time and disagreed, since he wanted to retain control of the city of Luxemburg. Eventually they split it along language lines, giving the french speaking portion to Belgium and eventually making the germanic speaking portion (including the city) independent. A single luxemburgish speaking municipality, Arlon, was incorporated into Belgium for reasons still unclear to me. They speak french now.

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  20. Comment on Apple would be forced to allow sideloading and third-party app stores under new EU law in ~tech